Explore the culture and history of Croatia as we take you on an epic journey from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.
Our tour commences this evening in the medieval city of Dubrovnik. With its' cobblestone streets steeped in history it truly is the pearl of the Adriatic. This evening we'll meet our companions and enjoy a welcome drink before dining at one of Dubrovnik's tastiest restaurants.
Make sure you have a good breakfast because today is a full day of exploration in this picturesque city. This morning our guide will help us to uncover Dubrovnik's complex history, from Romans to Venetians, before delving into the modern conflict of the former Yugoslavia, the scars of which can still be seen across the city. We'll visit the Franciscan monastery with its beautiful cloister and old pharmacy, the first of its kind in Europe. A short stroll outside the city walls will lead us Lovrjenac Fort with its' stunning perch overlooking the Adriatic and after lunch we'll be ready for a leisurely walk around the city walls which have protected the city since the 13th century.
A free morning to explore Dubrovnik at your own pace. Explore more of the old city's backstreets, it's many churches, a museum or two or perhaps the excellent "War Photos Limited", a permanent photo exhibition curated by photojournalists. You might like to take the cable car up above the city for some of the best views around or perhaps just relax at one of the cafes on Placa, the wide marble-lined main thoroughfare that runs through the old city. This afternoon we'll board our boat, enjoying a welcome drink followed by dinner onboard.
Our boat will make an early departure this morning for the island of Mljet. The National Park of Mljet is known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise-coloured lakes surrounded by thick forest. Spend the afternoon exploring the island swimming, cycling, kayaking or simply enjoying the view.
After leaving Mljet our Captain will select a bay on Korcula Island for us to drop anchor so that we can don our swimsuits for a dip in the crystal-blue Adriatic. The town of Korcula is best known as the birthplace of the merchant traveller, Marco Polo and our local guide will tell us about the towns' long history and the reason for its peculiar building layout. Later enjoy the magnificent sunset as the sun slips once more into the Adriatic.
Today we will depart for Vela Luka, a major fishermen's town on the western side of island Korcula. After lunch we will take a short walk where we will hear of Vela Luka's wine and olive oil production as well as the areas' archaeological findings before visiting a local winery.
After breakfast we will set sail towards Hvar, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its' beautiful coast and picturesque historical towns. Upon arrival our expert local guide will take us for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar town. It's as the sun sets that Hvar really comes to life though so why not enjoy a cocktail at one of the numerous bars and terraces around the beautifully illuminated harbor.
This morning we will continue towards Pucisca, nested in a beautiful bay on the island of Brac and surrounded by stone quarries that yield some of the whitest limestone in the world. After a short excursion to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry, the boat will set sail for Omis. Once here we will board the small boat that will take us into the canyon of the river Cetina, a protected nature area. We'll travel upriver to Radman's mills, an old mill that was recently restored, where we will sample some local specialties before heading back to the boat.
This morning we will enjoy a short walking tour of Omis, the small town built below steep mountains at the mouth of the river Cetina. Later the boat will make its' way to Split where our local guide will take us into the Old Town and introduce to us the monumental Diocletian's Palace, built by the Emperor of the same name over 1700 years ago. The old town of Split is UNESCO heritage listed and after the tour we will have free time to explore the town's lively Mediterranean spirit.
After breakfast we will say goodbye to our Captain and crew and make our way to Trogir, another UNESCO world heritage sites. This walled medieval city, with its wide promenade and maze of streets, is famous for it Romanesque and Renaissance architecture as well as for its magnificent Cathedral.
It's an early start this morning as we make our way to one of the most extraordinarily beautiful natural sites in Europe. Plitvice Lakes National Park is a series of 16 turquoise lakes encircled by wooded hills and lush vegetation and connected by a series of cascading waterfalls. We'll spend the afternoon exploring the lake system before making our way back to our hotel for dinner.
There is the opportunity this morning to continue our exploration of the lakes. We can take one of the ferries across the azure water and wander the wooden walkways that allow us to appreciate the stunning natural beauty of the park without disturbing the environment. After lunch we will continue on to Zagreb, Croatia's capital city.
Today we will spend time exploring Croatia's capital, starting our day with a guided tour taking in the upper town. The thousand-year old Gornji grad (upper town) contains the Presidential Palace, the iconic St Mark's Church and the Croatian parliament, while the 19th century Donji grad (lower town) with its' shops, restaurants, cafes, parks and museums is a great place to spend the afternoon. This evening we will enjoy a delicious feast at one of Zagreb's best restaurants for our final dinner together.
Say farewell to new friends as our tour finishes after breakfast.